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Is vital that we not only say that we are going to hold people to account, but that we actually say that we are gathering the evidence and that that evidence will be presented one day in order to make sure any perpetrators who violated those laws and principles and held to account.feedback
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Apr 04 2017 Refugees
Stephen O'Brien has most recently been quoted in an article called Why Trump’s plan to slash U.N. funding could lead to global calamity. Stephen O'Brien said, “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease. Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost. Communities' resilience rapidly wilting away. Development gains reversed. Many will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions.”. Stephen O'Brien has been quoted a grand total of 49 times in 36 articles.
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People have been displaced, brutalized and raped. They have been attacked when they sought out assistance. This must stop, and it must stop now.feedback

Crops are failing, food prices are rising and families are going hungry. The specter of hunger and disease is haunting East Africa again. We need to put a stop to this.feedback

This also means access to the ports so that the needed imports can enter Yemen. Seven million people don't know where their next meal is coming from and we now face a serious risk of famine.feedback

Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. A staggering 7.3 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from. If there is no immediate action, and despite the ongoing humanitarian efforts, famine is now a real possibility for 2017. Malnutrition is rife, and is rising at an alarming rate.feedback

Overall, the plight of children remains grim, with a child under the age of five dying every 10 minutes of preventable causes. Since the hostilities began in March 2015, more than 1,400 children have been killed and over 2,140 injured.feedback

What started as a protection crisis, has become also a major food and nutrition crisis – today one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world.feedback

This appeal, appeal 2017, comprising strategic and coordinated response-plans covering 33 countries, is calling for $22.2 billion – the highest amount we have ever requested. This is a reflection of a state of humanitarian need in the world not witnessed since the Second World War.feedback

We are now reaching the point where medical facilities and medical personnel have been so severely targeted in eastern Aleppo. We're down to no functioning hospitals and barely any medical care is able to take place in eastern Aleppo. That in itself is not only breach of Security Council resolutions but also it is a breach of international humanitarian law.feedback

I am outraged that the fate of vulnerable civilians – sick and injured people, children and the elderly, all in need of critical and life-saving support – rests mercilessly in the hands of parties who have consistently and unashamedly failed to put them above narrow political and military interests.feedback

Brien said no patients and family members were evacuated during the three-day Russian unilateral ceasefire last week which ended on Saturday with a resumption of air strikes and a surge in ground fighting.feedback

Families are at "extreme risk" of being caught in crossfire, tens of thousands may end up besieged or held as human shields and thousands could be forcibly expelled.feedback

We expect that homes, schools and cholera treatment facilities have been destroyed and that water systems, roads and bridges have been severely damaged.feedback

The health care system in eastern Aleppo is all but obliterated.feedback

Besiegement it's not a weapon of war, it is a flagrant, unjustifiable breech of the law – law which the besieging parties have signed up to. Even if not today, one day there will be no hiding place for the individuals and institutions callously, cynically perpetrating these war crimes.feedback

The only remaining deterrent it seems is that there will be real accountability in the court of world opinion and disgust, goodness knows nothing else seems to be working to stop this deliberate and gratuitous carnage of lives lost.feedback

Let me be clear: If this callous attack is found to be a deliberate targeting of humanitarians, it would amount to a war crime.feedback

The perpetrators should know that they will one day be held accountable for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.feedback

Our condition has deteriorated to the point of being unbearable. We withstood for four years but we couldn't any longer.feedback

At all times I will look at any kind of suggestion which enables humanitarian aid to be delivered.feedback

I told the council that the operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking as violence and attacks across Syria increase. We need the consent of the Syrian government and all necessary security guarantees, in order to conduct airdrops.feedback

We need greater facilitation by the authorities at every level, whether it's here in Sanaa or in Hodeidah or elsewhere in Yemen. The authorities, whoever they are, need to able to give us great and quick facilitation, not put administrative burdens in our way, not to distrust us.feedback

We have managed to avert what otherwise might have descended into the technical description of famine, but it is very very tight.feedback

Since March 2015, more than 35,000 casualties, including over 6000 deaths, have been reported by health facilities across the country. The United Nations has confirmed that at least 2,997 of those killed and 5,659 of those injured are civilians.feedback

Let me be clear: the continued suffering of the people in Syria cannot be blamed on humanitarian organizations and staff. It is the failure of both the parties and the international community that have allowed this conflict to continue for far too long.feedback

Such inaction is simply unacceptable. The impact on the ground is tangible: in 2013, we reached some 2.9 million people through the inter-agency convoy mechanism, but only 620,000 (in 2015).feedback

More and more people are slipping out of our reach every day as the conflict intensifies and battle lines tighten.feedback

Around 400 people have been identified who must be evacuated immediately. We must seek to do this and put the arrangements in place as soon as at all possible for medical treatment or they are in grave peril of losing their lives.feedback

I am absolutely horrified by the total disregard for civilian life by all parties in this conflict. Attacks on civilians are unlawful, unacceptable and must stop.feedback

We can see from the devastation to the Governor's offices and the municipal buildings behind just what effects the conflict is having upon the infrastructure as well as the people here in this particular community.feedback

Millions are facing the threat of famine because food assistance is not reaching them, and countless wounded are dying because hospitals are closing down due to lack of fuel.feedback

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